Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 14, 2012 2:35PM ET
The Twitter account of Sandy Hook Elementary's principal Dawn Hochsprung, which has been circulating this afternoon for its haunting messages.
Dec 14, 2012 2:32PM ET
In the wake of the Newtown school shooting — and a year full of gun violence — it's worth remembering that the NRA's favorite laws are passing.
Dec 14, 2012 1:06PM ET
In the latest of its problems with sports and race on TV, ESPN has suspended commentator Rob Parker for calling Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III a "cornball brother."
Dec 14, 2012 9:45AM ET
Yes, this is an actual picture of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un watching his country's (mostly) successful and not-quite-nuclear launch of a satellite into space this week... while relaxing with a smoke.
Dec 14, 2012 12:22AM ET
Move over Todd Akin. Step aside Richard Mourdock. Derek Johnson has something totally ignorant to say about rape—namely that women's bodies "will not permit that to happen" if they really don't want it.
Dec 13, 2012 3:49PM ET
President Obama's one-time frontrunner for the position has withdrawn herself from consideration. Here's what we know so far.
Dec 13, 2012 3:27PM ET
As transparent as the web-friendly Obama administration wants to be, this whole suggestion-box business is pretty useless. Becaue nobody actually wants the U.S. to build a Death Star.
Dec 13, 2012 10:43AM ET
We're still more than a month away from Barack Obama's second inauguration, but the planning is well underway — and apparently includes military personnel playing with this huge toy map of Washington, D.C.
Dec 13, 2012 10:20AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Dec 13, 2012 9:09AM ET
In the past few days a North Korean rocket launch and a giant asteroid both caught America by surprise — and obviously this means the end of the world is nigh.
Dec 12, 2012 11:20PM ET
It felt like a time warp on Wednesday night when an unexpected headline hit the wires: "NYC authorities take down 'Bad Barbies'." This is not a scene from The Warriors. It is real.
Dec 12, 2012 6:28PM ET
California Gov. Jerry Brown has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but he doesn't plan on letting it stop him from doing his job. Not even while he's getting radiotherapy.
Dec 12, 2012 3:05PM ET
Mother Jones noticed a discrepancy in the "notable deaths" lists assembled by major newspapers: the majority of the "notable" people listed were men.
Dec 12, 2012 2:39PM ET
Authorities have identified the shooter and are saying they don't have a motive yet — that it was a random act of violence — but we stumbled across what appears to be his Facebook page and discovered, well, a lot of violent signs.
Dec 12, 2012 1:34PM ET
If you're reading this blog post at work, it probably means you're distracted. Don't worry. You're not alone.
Dec 12, 2012 10:29AM ET
Dec 11, 2012 11:55PM ET
Just when you thought drug running couldn't get more extreme, U.S. border patrol officers find 33 cans of marijuana in the desert near the border that they believe were fired from a cannon in Mexico.
Dec 11, 2012 10:46PM ET
Imagine going Christmas shopping at your local mall, and someone starts shooting. That's exactly what happened in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, when a lone gunman killed three, including himself.
Dec 11, 2012 5:12PM ET
Little Falcon Heene's not so little anymore. Well, actually, he sort of his, but that's not stopping his dad from attempting to hit the moving target of fame by pimping out his child once again
Dec 11, 2012 2:19PM ET
Illinois was the only state where it was illegal for Average (Licensed) Joes to carry a covered-up weapon in public — until Tuesday, when a federal appeals court struck down the last of America's concealed weapons bans.
Dec 11, 2012 12:28PM ET
That said, The Guardian points out that the number of official Jedi Knights has actually decreased in the last decade.
Dec 11, 2012 11:17AM ET
A Florida judge didn't buy the accused killer's excuse today, denying a motion that Zimmerman has been compliant with his travel restrictions so far and forcing him to leave it on.
Dec 11, 2012 10:30AM ET
Many of us are cutting to the chase and simply buying gifts for ourselves this season, according to the market research. 'Tis the season for getting yourself a little something, apparently.
Dec 11, 2012 10:04AM ET
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has just undergone a five-year revision process, and it was not as dull as it sounds. Not nearly.
Dec 11, 2012 9:58AM ET
The state's House of Representatives now has the anti-union measure ready for Governor Rick Snyder to sign, and we're inside the protests at the state capitol with photos, riot gear, and live updates.
Dec 11, 2012 9:32AM ET
Dec 11, 2012 7:20AM ET
Chinese internet users are a little miffed today after the learning that the Communist Party's official news service has its own Twitter account, even though Twitter is supposed to be banned in China.
Dec 10, 2012 11:51PM ET
If you're not already aware of the bull-headed CIA agent whose persistent pressure to track Al Qaeda couriers helped lead the way to Osama bin Laden's compound, you're about to be.
Dec 10, 2012 6:43PM ET
The "War on Christmas" flames were again stoked today over a statistic citing a majority of Americans wanting to shift the holiday's emphasis from Santa to Jesus. One commenter says neither figure represents his love for the sinister side of Christmas.
Dec 10, 2012 5:25PM ET
Matthew Good: that's the name of the guy who crushed your dreams of winning half of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot.